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Pokémon Sun and Moon out now

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Finally. After years of waiting, the sun and moon have aligned for a beloved franchise. Pokémon Sun and Moon, that is.

The new Pokémon game for the Nintendo 3DS is out, folks! Which, among many other things, means you haven’t caught them all. Not yet, anyway.


For Nintendo, the game represents a great opportunity to get more people, new people who haven’t experienced what it’s like to play a proper Pokémon game yet, to hop on the franchise bandwagon, which has been blazing the trail since Pokémon Go hit the app stores.

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A lot already have, apparently. Pokémon Sun and Moon has evolved into a huge hit, even before copies of the game could be distributed. It’s the most pre-ordered Nintendo game of all time, beating other titles that have the likes of Mario and Link plastered on their boxes.

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Sun and Moon are set 12 hours apart

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Solgaleo, pictured on the left, is the legendary creature from Pokémon Sun, while Lunala, on the right, is from Pokémon Moon

It’s also worth noting that critics seem to love it; the early reviews are in, and the expert consensus is pretty firm: gorgeous visuals; memorable narrative; fun to play.

In true Pokémon fashion, there’s two versions (of the same game) to choose from, each with their own set of exclusive creatures and different storytelling elements. We won’t spoil anything for you, but the biggest deviation you should know about has to do with the time of day you play.

You see, the worlds of Pokémon Sun and Moon have separate day and night cycles that are set 12 hours apart, and both are tied to the local time on your 3DS console. So, if you play Moon at 3 p.m., your time, things will play out at 3 a.m. in the game world.

Also: Legendaries differ from one title to another. And before you say anything, no, that doesn’t count as a spoiler because they appear on the retail package, and they’re featured on practically every promo material. Your choice may come down to which end-game creature (and evolution) appeals more to you.

We’ll have more to say about the nuances between the versions, so check back in a week. Pokémon Sun and Moon is now available at $40 apiece.

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Here’s an early look at the Sony PS5’s raw performance

Spoiler: It’s fast!

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Even though Sony dished out some early info on the upcoming PlayStation 5 (should they choose to stick to the numbered naming scheme) and revealed that it’s more than just a mere upgrade, we don’t have any tangible data on what exactly to expect.

Fortunately, Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki was present at Sony’s most recent gaming presentation and had this video to show us:


What you see here is a comparison between the loading times of the PS5 and PS4 Pro. Make no mistake here: The next-generation console is incredibly fast! A lot of credit must be given to the built-in SSD the PS5 will ship with.

This should be taken with a grain of salt, however. Tech demos are often fixed to make the newer (and more expensive) product seem superior. To the next-gen console’s credit, it’ll come with the latest eight-core Ryzen chip and a custom GPU from AMD’s Radeon Navi, which are capable of 8K gaming and ray tracing when put together.

Sadly, we still don’t have a release date and Sony won’t announce anything at E3 next month. For now, savor your PS4 and its growing library of classics.

Via: Kotaku

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks

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In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.


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The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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Finally! New trailer of Final Fantasy VII remake drops

We waited four years!

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It took four years but we now have a follow-up trailer to the Final Fantasy VII Remake. First announced during E3 2015, the much-anticipated remake has only shown up through rumors and disappointing news of delay.

However, at PlayStation’s State of Play, we now have some new footage of the game. The released footage features cinematic scenes with Cloud and Aerith, gameplay previews, and glimpses at the remake’s primary antagonist, Sephiroth.


Final Fantasy VII was first released for the original PlayStation. It’s the first game in the series to move away from 2D animation and make use of polygonal character design, taking advantage of the console’s capabilities.

The game’s director Tetsuya Nomura also said that “most of the plans are already in place in the run up to the launch.” He also promised more details in June. Here’s to hoping for no more delays and that we don’t have to wait another four years until the game actually comes out.

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